Story-telling at Christmas


Everyone enjoys listening to a good story.  But the storyteller plays a crucial part in the experience, as much so as the narrative itself.  Added to the verbiage are the altering facial expressions, gestures of arms and hands, an occasional pacing back and forth, the quality of tone or feeling in the voice, ones’ posture or demeanor, and the particular mood changes, attitudes and innuendoes presented in the melodrama. 

Tales are often adventurous, but just as likely homespun, even placid. Humor is not essential to a great story, yet the inter-weaving of sundry complexities along with inflated jargon and spontaneous wit unites for a spicy saga indeed. One may anti-cipate a conclusion, but more probable it is that paradox, or surprise, or a twist of fate shall make its way into the epic. Typically, stories leave the listener lingering with a moral, or a pertinent, often subtle point.

Story-telling, as an art may not be as common as it was 2000 years ago!  How marvelous, indeed!  Was it true, or only fictional? And was it changed again and again in the retelling? Who knows?  But it’s a most touching story – one we anticipate hearing each year at Christmas-time.

      “That night some shepherds were in the fields outside 
        the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly
        an angel appeared among them, ‘I bring you the most
        joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone!
        The Savior has been born tonight in Bethlehem!’

        They ran to the village and found their way to Mary 
        and Joseph.  And there was the baby, lying in the
        manger.  The shepherds told everyone what had
        happened.  All who heard the shepherds’ story
        expressed astonishment, but Mary quietly treasure
        these things in her heart and often thought about
        them.”

It is within the humble heart that this story lives throughout the years.  You and I shall again remember the awakening of the inner Christ.  It is represented in the lighting of our candles; yes, it is the symbology that moves us emotionally to a newer, more heightened awareness … and a transformation happens.  The joy of Christmas is here.

Upon the approaching month of December, let us entice the indwelling, creative spirit through the art from of ‘story-telling’. Shall we not re-awaken to the Christmas message of spiritual awareness?  Join with me at this festive season each year . . . and tell me a story.


Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
December 1, 2001

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